Trade at the final Irish Limousin Cattle Society bull sale for 2012, held at Tullow livestock mart on Wednesday 21st Of November, remained strong for quality lots resulting in a 66% clearance and with an overall average of €2892 recorded.
Commenting after the sale breed secretary Paul Sykes said “this sale saw bulls trading from €2000 to €6200 and while the clearance rate was slightly down on previous sales we still had 50% of the animals selling for in excess of €2800. Buyers were selective on the day but still willing to spend on suitable lots. Increasing numbers of customers are becoming conscious of the importance of the dividends that can be returned by investing in a quality sire”.
West Cork breeder James Wycherley saw his long journey from Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork well rewarded when he received the top price of the sale for Barryroe Gofor. This stylish yearling bull had many admirers including the judge Jimmy McHugh (of the Killmactransa pedigree herd, based in Co. Louth) who after placing him first in his class went on to tap him forward as his Junior Champion. Sired by the ever prominent Ampertaine Commander and out of the home bred dam Barryroe Colleen with a back pedigree which included two influential sires Ronick Hawk and Nenuphar, Gofor sold with a five star rating in both Maternal and Terminal traits. With such interest auctioneer George Candler witnessed sustained bidding from several determined customers before finally selling Gofor at €6200 to County Galway suckler farmer John Burke, Kilnalappa, Dunmore.
Selling at €3950 was Barracks George from Gerard Fenlon, Newtown Borris, Co. Carlow. This powerful Sympa son had been placed Senior Reserve Champion and came to the ring with Maternal value of €150 and a Terminal value of €104. Bred from the Milbrook Tanko sired dam Cloonagh Carol 3 with back breeding to Dauphin. George heads to Summerhill, Co. Meath to join the herd of Hugh Doyle, who was a multi-purchaser on the day.
Another 1st prize winning animal Tullinacurra Gerry from Michael Oliver, Swinford, Co. Mayo changed hands at €3800. By the UK sire Wilodge Tonka and from a Rocky dam Magherabawn Cindy Et, this young bull boasted a Maternal value of €147 and a Terminal value of €122. Gerry will be joining the Englands pedigree herd of Roy Gostling, Englands Farm, Heath Lane, Norfolk.
Malachy Hennessy, Enfield, Co. Meath saw his entry Tanderagee Gangster selling at €3300 to suckler producer Robert Young, Kilcarrig, Bagenalstown. This powerful son of the Ronick Hawk sired Tanderagee herd sire Forrest-View Brendan and from the dam Tomnaboley Vellum, herself with back breeding which includes Nenuphar and Litron. Gangster came to the ring with five star ratings in both Maternal and Terminal Indexes.
Six bulls changed hands at €3000, the first to reach this price was Baileys Garfunkel from Thomas Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath. Having earlier been awarded Senior Champion, this Baileys Darwin son from a home bred dam, with bloodlines which included Grahams Samson and Pelletstown Petronelle ET sold with top traits in both Carcass weight and conformation. Garfunkel heads to Matthew Hanbidge, Whitestown, Stratford on Slaney.
Back in again and also receiving €3000 was Malachy Hennessy, Enfield, Co. Meath for Tanderagee Genial, another son of his herd sire Forrest-View Brendan and from a homebred dam Tanderagee Una, with blood lines that combined Ronick Hawk and Geant. Genial with five star ratings in both Maternal and Terminal sold to Michael Whelan, Boolavogue, Ferns, Co. Wexford.
Next up at this price was Boyanagh Gaines, a Vison son from the herd of Mary Tarpey, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Gaines dam Castlerock Duchess has back breeding that includes both Nenuphar and Mas Du Clo. Gaines heads to Padraig Foran, Loughdaheen, Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford.
Castlewarren Garfield bred by first time exhibitor Leo Carroll, Castlewarren, Co. Kilkenny was the fourth bull to reach €3000. Sired by Queenshead Altea and out of Rathcash Dolly. Garfield has a pedigree that includes Malibu, Greensons Gigolo and Ronick Iceman. With a five star rating in Maternal of €184 and Terminal of €126 Garfield heads to Paul Gallagher, Moynalty, Kells, Co. Meath.
Noel O’Hara of Croghans, Boyle, Co. Roscommon sold his Drumkerrin Billy sired Knockroe Gerry for €3000 to Laurence Byrne, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow. From the dam Creggy Abby with back breeding to Mas Du Clo, Gerry had stood second in his class.
Also receiving €3000 was Daniel Tynan for his Emerson sired Ardlea Gunther. From a Vison sired dam Ardlea Delinda, Gunther came to the ring with a five star Maternal value of €121. Patrick O’Neill, Borris, Co. Carlow purchased Gunther to run with his suckler herd.
Tom Bailey, Batterstown, Co. Meath received €2900 for the Queenshead Altea son Baileys Gentleman. Bred from Gorvagh Abby, a dam with Villy and Ferry blood lines, Gentleman sold with five star ratings in both Maternal and Terminal values. Gentleman was purchased by Thomas Gerrard, Crossakiel, Kells, Co. Meath.
Three bulls sold at €2800, the first at this price was Carrowreagh Gem from Patrick Bruen, Carrowreagh, Elphin, Co. Roscommon. By Wilodge Vantastic and a home bred dam Carrowreagh Beresina, herself a daughter of Grahams Samson, Gem sold with a Maternal value of €111 and Terminal of €96 and heads to John Forrestal, Shanbough, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Next up at €2800 Kilcloon Gmail, a Neuf son from Seamus Goggin, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Out of the homebred Milbrook Tanko daughter Kilcloon Davina who has breeding back to Dauphin, Gmail sold with a Maternal value of €130 and Terminal of €104 and will be joining the dairy herd of Nat Thackaberry, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
The final bull selling at €2800 was Corranhill Google from Jonathan Anderson, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Sired by Vermeil and out of the Rocky daughter Timahoe Verronica, Google came to the ring with a five star Maternal value of €182 and sold to James Whelan, Ballybrack, Co. Carlow.
The Irish Limousin Cattle Society would like to thank all the customers that invested in bulls at their sales during 2012 and hope that they are very successful for them.
The next Irish Limousin Cattle Society official Bull sale is the Roscrea Premier Bull sale on 18th March 2013.
Next Saturday the 24th of November sees the last society sale for 2012, this is the Premier Heifer sale where 88 heifers are on offer. Showing commences at 9 am with the sale at 12.30 pm, the venue is Roscrea mart. If you have any queries please contact the Society Office at 025 85036.